A Day Out – Antiquing and Thrifting

There is nothing more a thrifter/vintage/antique shopper loves more than to come across a new place to shop.

My partner in crime couldn’t join me on my latest adventure so I went solo but was instructed to take lots of pictures, just in case it is worthy of a second trip (trust me it is).

The new place I discovered is about an hour and a half from my house in a little town called Pigeon Lake (that’s in Alberta, Canada),  the name of the store is Backstreet. I met one of the owners Maureen and we had a great chat about the business and in particular the second store out back called Backstreet Cottage. It use to be a church, turned woodworking shop, turned furniture/home decor store, which it is today.  She was ok with me taking pics and videos and I promised her I would tag her in my post. They also write a blog and have great information and photos on their website – be sure to take a look at https://www.backstreetantique.com/

 

Check out the giant chair on the roof 🙂

Here is the front store (shown above) with new home decor, fashion, jewelry, candles and a few antique pieces in the mix. There is also another shop and SEVEN, yes seven sea cans full of antiques to browse through – YES, I checked everyone of them out.

Now for a ton of pictures – enjoy!

Feast for the eyes 🙂 A lot of these pictures were taken in the sea cans 🙂 and in the gift shop there was something for everyone (meaning the guys too).

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Rustic Farmhouse Sign – Chalk Couture

I’ve been on vacation for the last two weeks with no access to my craft supply – cue the HORROR!!! LOL

I also received an order from Chalk Couture just before I left and had no time to play and make things, so as soon as I got back I felt the urge.

I made this awesome rustic farmhouse sign today using a Chalk Couture transfer. If you are wondering what Chalk Couture is – you can read this post here or visit www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

I had a piece of stained pine leftover from a previous project that just happened to be the perfect size for my farmhouse transfer.

The transfer was brand new right out of the package, so I had to defuzz it (you can learn more about this by checking out this youtube video about the July Club Couture Transfer https://youtu.be/VBlVBNiQT3c)

Here is the piece of pine stained and ready for the transfer.

Here it is with the transfer waiting for some bright white Chalkology paste.

This is another picture of the finished project but in different lighting.

All it needed was a picture hanger on the back, and here it is on the wall.

Rustic farmhouse sign using Chalk Couture paste and transfer – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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Primitive Cabinet – Reloved

It’s garage and yard sale season. Those words are music to my ears. Most Saturdays I spend scouring garage and yard sales looking for my next “projects”.

I’ll be honest, I’m not into revamping or reloving vintage items and selling them for the money. I have great appreciation and admiration for those that do make a living doing this. I do it mostly for the satisfaction of keeping a beloved vintage or antique item out of the landfill. It fills me with joy when someone purchases an item I’ve saved or reloved and I must admit I get a little giddy when it happens. I like to recoup the money I spent on the item and the supplies – I never charge for the hours I put into a piece. I know some people aren’t going to be thrilled to read this but this is my hobby more so than a business.

If I can find out a little bit of the history of an item, I’m more motivated than ever to make sure someone else loves it too. Take this primitive cabinet for example (one door was off in this picture).

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Rustic Faux Succulent Planter – DIY From the Dollar Store

I love plants both indoor plants and outdoor plants. The thing is I don’t have a knack to keep them alive.

I decided to DIY a rustic faux succulent planter using all items from the Dollar Store.

The total cost of this project was $6.30 and it will last until you get tired of it or decide to change up your decor.

This is what you will need to make your own rustic faux succulent planter:

  • Fleurs & Jardin metal bucket
  • three faux succulents
  • a bag of stones
  • a package of floral foam.

To make this planter simply cut the floral foam to fit the container, if necessary trim the length of the succulents to fit into the planter, add enough rocks to cover the foam and fill the container.

I really like the way it turned out and am very impressed with how real the succulents look. It is versatile enough to use outside on my patio or display it on a shelf in my living room.

The best part about it – no watering 🙂

Rustic diy faux succulent planter (that I can’t kill) – It’s A Wandaful Thing!!

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Reloved Thrift Store Items

I want to share with you two quick upcycles I recently completed.

I found this wooden plant holder at a thrift store last year, it was $1.50. I’m sure you could use it for many other things. It’s going to get sprayed with Rustoleum Linen Chalk Paint.

This little office item was free at a local town-wide garage sale. I am going to use it to hold sticky note pads, I never seem to be able to find one when I need it. It’s going to get a coat of Krylon Watermelon Spray paint.

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Revamped Thrift Store Frame

I almost can’t even call this one an upcycle because I am still using it as it was meant to be used. I only added a little twist.

Here is a picture frame I picked up at a thrift store a while back. I paid a whopping 50 cents for it.  I liked the fact it wasn’t smooth and that it looked like wood tiles (the frame is not wood).

I bought the Martha Stewart Nautical layering stencils # 17635 from Michael’s and got the idea to stencil the glass part of the frame.

I used part of the tall ship stencil (it wouldn’t all fit on the glass).

The light blue paint color is called Pale Blue by Craft Smart, I bought it from Michael’s and the dark blue – Navy is from my stash by Dixie Belle – I used it on the upcycled thrift store tray – check that out here.

I didn’t bother to seal the imagine in case I decide to change or reuse the frame for something else.  It’s not perfect but I like it.

Did you notice the difference in the frame from the first picture? I found the dark brown too stark against the ship so I decided to whitewash the frame. I literally took a really small dab of white acrylic craft paint on a damp stencil brush and scrubbed it into the little blocks. On a few spots it was too much so I wet distressed it before the paint even dried. I used a wet paper towel and literally wiped the areas I thought had too much paint.

After it’s photo shoot I put it on my bookcase where it is eagerly awaiting me to finish upcycling a floating shelf. I have a few more thrifted nautical things I will add along with this frame – stay tuned.

Enhancing what you already have on hand – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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Show me your upcycles

I get such tremendous feedback on the up-cycled or repurposed projects I do that I am going to have a Link Party so ya’ll can share and show me what items you’ve up-cycled.

You don’t need to have a blog to share what you’ve done.

There aren’t many rules other than:

  • the project or picture you share must be yours
  • if you are leaving a link, please make sure it links back to the post containing your up-cycle.
  • you can share as many links as you like.

Can’t wait to see your projects!

Link will be open until May 11 – my favorite day 🙂

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